crime

A notorious Arrowtown murderer will make another bid for freedom next month. Jarrod Mangels was just 15 years old when he brutally strangled his neighbour Maureen McKinnel in Arrowtown on Boxing Day in 1987. The 38-year-old's naked body was found five...

Violent weekend in resort

Seven people were assaulted, six in unprovoked attacks, during a weekend of violence in Queenstown. Victims included a woman on crutches, a 60-year-old man who was pushed into Lake Wakatipu, and a man who was hospitalised after being knocked unconscious...
A Queenstowner who thought he'd move his campervan to avoid getting a $200 freedom camping fine copped an $800 fine for drink-driving instead. Members of the public called police at 12.52am on December 22 when they spotted Andres Alberto Contreras...

Fast food fight

An 18-year-old Brazilian woman has been charged with assault after allegedly punching another woman in the head at McDonald's in Queenstown. Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said officers arrived at the restaurant on Camp St about 3.45am today and...

Honouring Grace

About a hundred mourners have gathered on the shores of Lake Wakatipu to pay tribute to slain English tourist Grace Millane. People brought flowers, candles, and pictures of Miss Millane to the vigil, organised by Queenstown woman Amanda Morris. Local Ngai...
A Czech drug-smuggler at the centre of a political storm married in Queenstown two years ago. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is under fire for cancelling Karel Sroubek's deportation order and reconfirming his New Zealand residency. Months before he was jailed in...
A Queenstown man's in a serious condition after a stabbing in Lake Hayes Estate on Sunday night. Police have confirmed three people could have been involved. Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of Queenstown, said the 27-year-old victim was undergoing surgery today...

Rough justice

Only a quarter of family violence charges heard in the Queenstown District Court led to convictions last year, a figure the head of Women's Refuge believes may be one of the lowest in the country. Ministry of Justice stats show...

Push to report thefts

One of Queenstown's top cops is urging people to report their items being nicked, saying a drop in crime stats may not reflect reality in the resort. Posts lamenting stolen items are appearing near-daily on Queenstown social media pages, with...

Thieves escape conviction

Three Brazilian women started sobbing in Queenstown's court yesterday when told they would escape conviction for stealing groceries from their employer. Gabriela Guinsani Pereira, 27, of Fernhill, Mariana De Oliveira Chedid, 27, psychologist, of Queenstown, and Ana Barbara Brito Dos...
In pain and bleeding, Queenstowner Dan Turner dragged himself out of his crashed ute and carried the tourist who had just hit him head-on away from her burning car. The 32-year-old, who was seriously injured in yesterday's early-morning crash, says...
"This offence is far too common and the social stigma for excess breath or blood alcohol is not that great in New Zealand." That's the latest in a barrage of comments from judges dealing with the district's drink-drivers. On Monday, district...
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